5 Moving House Tips
This Moving House Tips post is in collaboration with Homesales.
The last couple of months have been a little hectic at times with my breast cancer diagnosis, chemotherapy treatment and hospital stay but the one thing that has kept me going and upbeat is moving house!
Don’t get me wrong, the physical side hasn’t always been easy but I’ve absolutely loved the process of unpacking, setting up and coming up with ideas on how to decorate our lovely new home.
When we first got back to Australia, we decided to move to a brand new area, Newcastle. Previously in Aus, we had been living in Sydney and we didn’t really know Newcastle at all – I hadn’t even been!
We decided that in coming back to Australia, the family was our focus. We wanted to find a place where we intended to live ‘forever’. Somewhere that wasn’t as busy and expensive as Sydney, but with great options for family entertainment, reasonable housing and living costs, good schools etc. We didn’t want to be too far from Sydney though as the majority of our friends live there.
Newcastle is only a 2 hour drive up the coast from Sydney and the beautiful Hunter Valley is situated in the middle – perfect for topping up the wine collection or catching up with friends on special occasions!
When we got here, we found a 2 bedroom apartment in the city centre to rent. This gave us a great opportunity to get to know the area and the city that we’d eventually call home.
The apartment was quite big with lots of storage and came fully furnished so we could literally move straight in. It did mean we had to have Mini M with us for the time we lived there so we quickly set about getting to know Newcastle and started the process of finding a bigger place to live.
After a few months of apartment living, we found a lovely area only about 15 minutes from the city and 15 minutes from beaches – perfect! In fact, the great thing about Newcastle is that everywhere is only a very short drive (or walk) from the water. There are so many beautiful beaches that I can’t wait to explore!
Due to my diagnosis and treatment, we have put buying a house on hold for now and we’re still renting but you can get so much more for your money in Newcastle than in Sydney.
We soon found a beautiful 4 bedroom house! There is so much room for all of us, a room each and one for guests and lots of storage. I can’t wait to show you around in the next few weeks.
We’ve now moved in and currently in the process of unpacking and setting up. It’s been hard work and Mr M has done all of the heavy lifting (hurray!) along with some brilliantly supportive friends but I’m so happy we’re now all in.
During the process of emigrating from the UK and now moving into this house, I thought I’d share my top 5 moving house tips that might help you, next time you move:
1. Broaden your horizons
Try not to limit yourself to looking for a new home in a small area. Check out the surrounding suburbs and other local cities and might be surprised by what you find. Sites such as Homesales make this process easy with thousands of listings available to buy or rent. Searching from the comfort of your living room is a great place to start before contacting an agent.
We found that moving from Newcastle to Sydney gave us everything we required as well as the additional benefits of a quieter and cheaper existence. Expand your suburb search and open your mind to new areas and possibilities!
2. Enlist support
We were so lucky to have wonderful friends to help us move house. I seem to have magically timed our moves with 2 pregnancies and my current chemo treatment which has meant I haven’t been able to do much of the physical stuff but Mr M and our wonderful friends didn’t hesitate to pitch in their support. When people offer to help you move house, say YES! And of course, repay the favour when it’s their turn to move house.
3. Don’t try and do everything at once
We were so lucky in having a week overlap of time between leaving our old home and moving into this one. This meant that we didn’t have to try and race to get everything moved on the same day. Financially and practically, this isn’t always possible to do but if you have the option to move in more gradually, try to. That said, we all need a deadline to complete a house move so don’t let it drag on for too long!
4. Take ‘before’ photos
This is something I do before I move anything into a house and I’ll be posting our ‘before’ photos soon. I love to get pictures of the place when we move in, before we bring in our furniture and start to decorate, then compare the ‘after’ photos when we’re all set up.
5. Be ruthless with clutter
This is such a tough one and I’ve recently talked about ordering the Marie Kondo book – “The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up” (affiliate link). I can’t wait to get it and to start tackling our clutter. One thing we’ve been so bad at each time we’ve moved house is not decluttering each time and we’ve ended up hoarding so many clothes and other bits and pieces. This is all about to change! Watch this space.
Do you have any more tips about moving house? I’d love to hear them!